Film - International Independents Filmfest 2019


Directed by Bani Khoshnoudi


Director: Bani Khoshnoudi
Section: International Independents
Country: Dominican Republic, Greece, Mexico
Year: 2018
Language: English, Farsi, Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Arash Marandi, Edwarda Gurrola, Luis Alberti, Eligio Meléndez



Ramin, a young homosexual man, flees repression in Iran and arrives in Veracruz, Mexico, after traveling clandestinely on a cargo ship from Turkey. While contemplating what he will do next, Ramin tries to cope with being so far away from his lover, who stayed behind in Tehran. Although in a state of deep longing and nostalgia, he also savors his newfound freedom far from Iran.

Meet the director


Bani Khoshnoudi

Born in Tehran, Iran, in 1977, Bani Khoshnoudi was raised in Texas in the United States. After studying photography and film at the University of Texas at Austin, she spent several years in France. The short and documentary films she made there received a number of awards at international festivals. Khoshnoudi was an artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and was selected for a Cinéfondation Writing Residency at the Cannes Film Festival. There she wrote the screenplay to her first feature-length film, ZIBA (2012). Other works of hers include the short film TRANSIT (2005), the experimental film TRANSITS: OUR TRACES, OUR RUIN (2016), and two documentaries about Iran, A PEOPLE IN THE SHADOWS (2008) and THE SILENT MAJORITY SPEAKS (2014).


Screenplay: Bani Khoshnoudi
Director of Photography: Benjamín Echazarreta
Film Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger, Gil González Penilla
Production Designer: Florent Vitse
Costume Design: Bertha Romero
Sound: Félix Blume, Javier Umpierrez
Producer: Elsa Reyes, Bani Khoshnoudi, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán, Janja Kralj
Production Company: Zensky Cine
World Sales: FiGa Films LLC